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Cheapest bass you just LOVE

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Inconnu, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. Inconnu


    Nov 1, 2005
    My bass-ment
    What's the cheapest bass that you actually love to play, that you think it has something special, some character, a good tone and playability?

    Just curious (and hoping for an unexpensive GAS ;))
  2. PBnJBassist


    Mar 8, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    My MIM Fender P-Bass special. Got mine for $575 used - brand new would be around $799. It's the seafoam green special run version. :meh:
  3. I know everyone gushes about these, but my Squier VM Jazz. The neck profile isn't as comfortable as my Ibanez SR755, but it's got a lot of character and variety to the sound!
  4. 1SHOT1HIT


    Feb 17, 2012
    I LOVE and that is being subtle, I LOVE my Classic Vibe Jazz, completely original with rounds, it just feels good, plays great, and has one hell of a nice sound to it.

    I mean, I own a real Pre CBS 62 Jazz and there's times where I just prefer the CV Jazz. If that's not saying something about how great these basses are, what else ever could?
    maestrovert likes this.
  5. Ibanez SR705 with Bartolini pickups.
  6. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    My 1993 fender standard jazz is outstanding. I think the earlier MIM jazzes had something going for them. Mostly the woods just feel different than newer ones, and the fretjob is amazing. The pickups are pretty good. This is when the bridge and neck pups were the same size. Candy apple red, or whichever finish they called it. Definitely a looker, and now it has aged considerably and the neck has a nice tint to it, with the pickguard aging and shrinking a bit as well.
  7. Bassist Jay

    Bassist Jay Commercial User

    Dec 28, 2009
    Sterling, CO.
    I still have my 94' and 95' Ibanez SR 500 Soundgear basses. Brand new they were $500.00 each. Now, they are worth maybe half that but up until 2010 when I switched over to Music Man, almost everything I did in the Christian music industry, I did with those two basses so they have a lot of sentimental value. They have also been very reliable. Never have had a single issue with either one of them and there tone is actually pretty good. Even there craftsmanship is good for the money I paid.
  8. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    My Squier Mike Dirnt is the one I will never sell. 6.5 pounds, a tone that will make a Stingray run away in tears, and it only cost me $100.
  9. PrietoBass

    PrietoBass How does he do that?

    Apr 16, 2009
    +1! Another vote for the Squier CV 60's Jazz!

    I paid $245 for it brand-spanking new back in '09. I love it! I may never sell it.
  10. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Technically, your '62 could go on this list for what you paid for it.
  11. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    A Squier Jazz Deluxe 5....:)

    edit: I paid $185 for it last january new on evil....bay
  12. pbasswil


    Feb 17, 2008
    I was gigging a Korean Rockbass Corvette for quite a while. It sounded just slightly thin on the G string, but other than that, it just had an all-around pleasing, basic jack-of-all-trades bass sound. Payed my bills for several years!
  13. I have a Cort GB94, it is an awesome bass and lately my go to bass. My MIA FENDER JAZZ sits at home in its comfy SKB case.
  14. My Epiphone Embassy Special IVs. Cannot say enough good things about them, construction is really quite good (I tore the shaft out of the volume pot of one of them in a freak knob-switching accident but no harm, no foul as it now sports a CTS), the tone... my Brie (soon to be strung with [DEL]Roto 66Ns[/DEL] and had the pot and cap swapped) gave a Fender Select P a run for her money tonewise in the degraded used state she began in in the store. That was impressive (and that's not to say anything about Rhea, the monster with the superlight Chromes that I can get to rattle the glass in my apartment without much effort). Sad that they discontinued them... I'd totally have one in every color (2 out of 4! w00t :D)


    EDIT: Oh, prices. Rhea ran me... let's see $95 for the bass + $30 for Chromes + $16 bridge cover + $2 thumbrest = $143.
    Brie is at $130 for the bass + $26 for SR2000s + $0.85 for knobs + $3 for superglue + free cap + $5 pot + $3 piece of ebony for a thumbrest =166.85.

    I'd say that's a good haul.
  15. ronaldpdbrandt

    ronaldpdbrandt Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Suffolk County, NY
    Sponsored by The Letter Z
    This no-name P-bass, which I got at a pawn shop for $47. New rounds was all I needed.

  16. Jerry Ziarko

    Jerry Ziarko Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Without a doubt. Although I did upgrade the pickups and electronics, the stock platform was wonderful in it's own right!
  17. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    An old US made Peavey Fury does it for me.
  18. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD

    $99 each, fretted and fretless SX SBC-301.
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  19. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    I did the same and it made it something even better...;)
  20. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules!

    Danelectro Longhorn, which I don't own, but will someday. So cool.
    I do own an Ibanez SR300 Fretless which went for $300.